Week of June 3 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Acts 1:9-11

And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Reflect: What was the significance of Jesus’ ascension (vv. 9-11)? What does this teach about Christ’s future coming?

Consider: To have one’s eyes fixed on something is a favorite Lukan expression (the verb he uses here is used fourteen times in the New Testament, twelve times by Luke himself). It means to look at something intently. Furthermore, the form of the verb, as well as the meaning of the verb itself, underscores the intensity with which the disciples were staring into the sky as Jesus was taken away.[1]

Respond: How does it make you feel to know that Jesus prays to the Father on your behalf? Does this truth change the way you view the task Jesus gave you in Acts 1:8?


[1] Barclay Moon Newman and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on the Acts of the Apostles, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1972), 20.